September 9, 2022 | Personal Injury
If an automobile hits a pedestrian while they are crossing a road, they are going to suffer much more severe injuries than the people inside of the vehicle. While most believe all pedestrians have the right of way, and that if hit, the driver of the vehicle should be responsible for their injuries, this is not always the case.
Pedestrians can be solely or partially at fault when involved in an accident with an automobile, which can reduce their likelihood of receiving compensation.
Every pedestrian, cyclist, and driver is responsible for knowing and following safety and traffic laws. These laws or regulations are in place to reduce the risk of accidents. The laws regarding pedestrians and drivers play a significant role in determining who is at fault when faced with an accident.
Under Florida law, pedestrian regulations apply to those traveling on foot, including runners, those on skateboards and walkers. Typically, bicyclists are not considered pedestrians as they are able to travel on the road alongside vehicles.
Under Florida laws, pedestrians are required to follow these regulations:
If a pedestrian violates traffic laws, they can be charged with a noncriminal traffic infraction, and charged a fine. Civil penalties typically only cost a few dollars; however, they can cost an injured person thousands of dollars in lost damages from an injury case. If a jury knows you’ve gotten a citation, it could be used as proof the accident was your fault and could deny you access to compensation for your medical bills.
Sharing fault in a personal injury claim for being hit by a driver as a pedestrian does not completely exclude your chances of suing an at-fault driver. Even if you are partially at fault, you may still be entitled to compensation from the driver who was responsible for most of your injuries.
Batts-Daniels Law understands how devastating it can be when someone is involved in a pedestrian or bicycle accident. When an automobile strikes a bicycle or pedestrian, there is little chance of walking away without some form of personal injury. If you have been involved in this type of accident, call our office at 833-33-BDLAW to learn how we can help you recover money to cover your pain and suffering, medical expenses, wage loss, and more. We will make sure your rights are protected.
Millicent Daniels the Peoples Attorney